Meetings, Messages & Reports

(Revised MaY 28, 2016)


WSDW member Peggy Abby reports that Tuesday’s meeting of the West Seattle Democratic Women’s monthly meeting at the West Seattle Golf Course, had a fantastic line up of amazing representatives, State Representative Gael Tarleton, soon to be our house whip, State Rep Eileen Cody and Rep Joe Fitzgibbon, all giving us a wonderful update on State business in the house this session!”

Eileen Cody 2 May 26Joe Fitz May 26








Gary (Wolf) Lichtenstein was the guest speaker at the WSDW’s evening meeting on Thursday, March 24 at the West Seattle Golf Course clubhouse. Wolf is an innovator in reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. He is a Principal with Lightstone Consulting, LLC, providing GHG inventory development, verification, and other carbon related services. Wolf also is the principal of Evergreen Carbon, a company that provides carbon offsets to companies for the mitigation of their unavoidable GHG emissions.

WSDW is committed to identifying actions we can take as a community and as individuals to address the critical environmental issue of our time – climate change. This program is one that will, we think, inform and inspire our audience. Please join us for a program that will increase both our understanding of an innovative response to the crisis and provide us with the tools to make a difference in our community. This will be a unique and valuable experience.




Get Ready for Gathering of Neighbors 2016!!

Holla about HALA with your West Seattle/White Center neighbors at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

On Saturday, March 12th, at 9:00am at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, VieWS (Visualizing Increased Engagement West Seattle), Southwest Youth & Family Services, and the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association will present the 2016 edition of the Gathering of Neighbors. Our theme is “Growing Pains” and will focus on the challenges facing West Seattle as we see rapid growth in populations, jobs, and housing and the benefits and drawbacks that growth brings to our neighborhoods.

This year’s event will feature opportunities to learn about the recommendations by the Mayor’s Housing Affordability & Living Agenda (HALA) Committee, recent updates proposed for the 2035 Comp Plan, plans to renew and double the Housing Levy, what a Sound Transit 3 package might look like for your vote in November, and the recent declaration of a Homeless State of Emergency by Mayor Ed Murray and County Executive Dow Constantine.

Learn from invited experts about what is happening with housing, zoning, community centers, parking, transportation, and much, much more and how all this change is both creating new opportunities for us and our loved ones while also stirring up fears of increased inequality, ongoing historical inequities, and permanent damage to the character of our neighborhoods.

As always, we will also offer breakout sessions where you can learn more about how you can get be part of shaping the impact all of these changes will have on our community and meet local leaders and organizations already involved in these issues.

The morning’s agenda will be packed:

• 9:00am – Social/Refreshments

• 9:30am – Open House & Informational Tables: What are the Challenges Facing West Seattle?

• 10:30am – Welcoming Ceremonies

• 10:45am – Expert Panel: What is Being Done about Growth in West Seattle? Moderated by Brian Callanan, Seattle Channel Featuring a City Staffer, Urbanist, Elected Official, West Seattle Organization Leader, and Homeless Advocate

• 11:40am – Breakout Sessions: How Do I Get Involved in Shaping Our Community? 

North Delridge Action Plan update – David Goldberg (OPCD) & ACT Team members 

ST3 Planning – West Seattle Transportation Coalition + Rob Johnson, Seattle City Councilmember, District 4 

Land Use/Urban Village Growth – Cindi Barker and Deb Barker 

West Seattle Chamber conversation about business development

• 12:30pm – Facilitated Discussion: Are We In a Homelessness State of Emergency? Moderated by: Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Councilmember, District 1 

Michael Maddux, 43rd District Democrats and former City Council candidate 

Hanna Brooks Olsen, Seattlish writer, Project Manager for Civic Ventures 

Mercedes Elizalde, Policy & Engagement Strategist for City Councilmember Debora Juarez

• 1:00pm – Wrap Up



Bernie (Rachel Glass) and Hillary (Carol Frillman) will engage in a short debate at the next West Seattle Democratic Women luncheon on February 25 at the West Seattle Golf Course. Arrive early to discuss toxins and how they should be handled at the 10:30 discussion group. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30. Our “debate” will start at noon with short opening statements by the “candidates” and back and forth questions and rebuttal, before closing statements.

The cost is $13.50 for members and $15 for non-members; a room charge of $5 includes dessert and beverage. Please submit a question you would like to ask the candidates. Yours might be among the questions chosen, so please be thoughtful and concise.

Please RSVP to me by noon on Monday, Feb. 22 at this email address or by calling me at 206-935-4693.

Looking forward to hearing from you. We will have a short business meeting at the end of our program, including a bylaws amendment regarding electronic voting for endorsements. (This had been introduced earlier, but I forgot to include it in voting last month.)

Ann Martin, Chair
West Seattle Democratic Women



WSDW’s Chair Ann Martin spoke on the process, however little or much you desire, from precinct causes to national convention to get involved in the Presidential election process.  Below is a map of the process and some tools were listed to help you towards your goal.  Dates and locations of caucuses and conventions are listed as well.  (See the new >>>>>> for specifics.)

Discussion Chair Theresa McCormick




Happy Holidays!


The West Seattle Democratic Women invite you to our annual Holiday Party Luncheon at the West Seattle Golf Course onThursday, December 17. The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 10:30 am – Gift bag assembly – 100 gift bags will be put together for the clients of the White Center Food Bank. Many hands make light work, so please come early — your help is so appreciated. We’ve done this for several years, and it is heartwarming to know how truly appreciative the women who receive these bags are!
  • 11:30 – Registration/lunch – Please RSVP to Rachel Glass bySunday, December 13 for attendance. Lunch is $13.50 for members; $15 for non-members or $5 for room charge.
  • 12:15 pm – Short business meeting to consider by-laws changes (see enclosed language) and other business as needed.
  • 12:30 – White elephant (donkey?) exchange. Rachel will provide the rules. Bring a wrapped, humorous, unwanted gift for a fun, surprise exchange. Use your imagination, but do not spend more than $10 if you spend anything at all.  This is just for fun!
We hope you will join us. The more the merrier! Don’t forget to RSVP via response to this email or by phone no later than Sunday, December 13th, so we can be sure to order enough lunches for everyone.

Rachel Glass, Vice Chair
West Seattle Democratic Women
(206) 763-8249



Tom with Thank You Cake

The West Seattle Democratic Women showed their appreciation for Seattle City Councilmember and West Seattle resident Tom Rasmussen at their November 19th program.  Besides Besides a verbal thanks and a certificate of appreciation, he even had got a cake!

Thank you, Tom, for all your service. We look forward to working with you as you continue to serve on other platforms!



 In case you missed them – Some notes of prior meetings, etc of Interest:

  • August 8, Bernie Sanders in Seattle!
    • 1-3pm “Social Security Works Coalitions” Birthday Celebration
    • 6-8pm Personal Rally at Alaska Airlines Arena @ Hec Ed Pavilion
  • August 27, 4-7 pm, Lincoln Park, Shelter 3 – WSDW Annual Potluck Picnic

Unfortunately at our July 23rd’s Meeting County Executive Dow Constantine was unable to attend but County Councilman Joe McDermott came to speak on the Best Starts for Kids program the King County Council voted 8 to 1 to place before the voters in the fall general election.

To paraphrase Joe’s comments……..The majority of the $9 billion County biennial budget are enterprise funds and are therefore unavailable for broader purposes. The more flexible dollars are in the general fund, which amounts to $1.5 billion of which 75% is directed to public safety. The Best Starts for Kids Levy is aimed at affecting the dollars dedicated to public safety by investing in programs that will break the pipeline to prison. Brain studies show that 80% of a child’s brain is developed by age 3 and 90% by age 5. Investments in prenatal and early development are believed to reduce long term public safety costs by improving educational performance and family dynamics.

The Levy would invest half of the funds generated, about $400 million over six years, in programs for children under 5 years of age; 35% in families and youth age 5 through 24; 10% in communities of opportunity such as White Center; and 5% in evaluation. In the first year of the Levy, while the Executive is developing an implementation plan to submit to the County Council, $19 million in Levy funds would be directed to “rapid rehousing,” which would reduce the time it takes to find housing for families and youth who are homeless from over 6 months to 2 months. Such rehousing is important to creating a sense of security for families.

The effect of the Levy would be about $56 per year for a $400,000 home, the median home value in King County; that’s roughly a dollar a week to reduce public safety costs and improve the lives of children and families.



Selden Prentice……spoke on the Fast Track and TPP et and “Where We Go From Here?  Go to the “Meetings” page to see her Powerpoint presentation.




Happy Fourth of July and a birth/rebirth of our nation. We have faced the pits of despair with the Charleston gun murder of nine prayer meeting participant based solely on their race. And we’ve been a witness to the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare (Affordable Care Act, ACA) and extending equal rights to the LGBT community. So, don’t send up fireworks (it’s way too dry for that), but celebrate the triumph of love over hate with your family and friends.

And get ready to exercise your vote in the August 4 primary. District elections for Seattle City Council seats make their debut and there are many qualified candidates both in District 1 (West Seattle and South Park) and districts 8 and 9 (at-large, voted on by residents throughout the city). It will take some time to educate yourself so go to to find out more and connect to candidate pages.
Join the West Seattle Democratic Women on July 23 luncheon when we will hear about and discuss the Best Starts for Kids proposal being considered by King County. Breaking the school to prison pipeline by investing in prenatal, early childhood and youth to make sure every child has the opportunity to succeed.
Don’t forget to put away some time to enjoy the wonders of our city and our community. March in or view some parades; visit the Farmers’ Market; take a stroll along Alki or in Lincoln Park.
Have a happy summer!

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED!!!  WSDW encourages all its members, their friends, and any interested parties to join them in saying NO TO SHELL or ANY OTHER CORPORATION using Seattle as a staging ground for Arctic oil drilling.  (More action opportunities to come!)




Meetings are typically the 4th Thursday of the Month for lunch and located at the West Seattle Golf Course banquet room. A discussion group proceeds the meeting (10:30 – 11:15 am); all are welcomed. Evening meetings occur on the quarter months – March, June, September & December; the meeting begins at 6:00 pm.

Registration is from 11:30 – 11:45 am, Meal is served at 11:45 am, Program begins at 12:00 – 12:45 pm, Short Business Meeting/For the Good of the Order 12:45 – 1:00 pm.

Dinner is $13.50 for members, $15 for non members OR $5 for attending the program……Coffee, tea, and dessert are included.



APRIL’S STYLING FROM THE KOOK BROTHERS w/help from WSDW MEMBERS. See photos and words to some deeedlightful political parodies. (See Meetings Page)



SEE CHAIR ANN’S LETTER WITH UPDATE TO NEXT WEEK’S MEETING March 26th with the four women running for City Council Position 1. They’ll be asked “their decision to run, what, if any, are special challenges facing women who run for office, and other probings not tracked in other venues”. (See “Messages & Reports” Page)

SEE REPORT ON our February 26th meeting with Heidi Bennett whose presentation explains who, what and why of the McCleary Decision, the basic Education Bills and what’s up with education and funding in WA State.  More information on Heidi, view her Powerpoint and link to her referrenced Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle)’s YouTube discussion on WA State’s regressive tax system……(See “Meetings” Page)

NOTE WSUU’s illustrated talk on “The Lessons of Eleanor Roosevelt”…..(See “Member Sharings” Page)

SEE CHAIR ANN’S MARCH LETTER TO THE MEMBERSHIP highlighting Women’s History Month and Women’s Issues   (See “Messages & Reports” Page)


NOTE UPDATED “Anti HT Legal/Legislative Effective” Page —  Some say that workers in these third world countries don’t know any better.  See what these young Norwegians learned.



Announcing DRINKING LIBERALLY WEST SEATTLE, a progressive social club began Tuesday, January 28th.  It gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don’t need to be a policy expert and this isn’t a book club – just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it’s not taboo to talk politics.  It meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6 pm Pizzeria 22, College & California-Admiral District.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR – (Go to Page indicated for more details)

  • February 26th – WSDW Membership Mtg – Discussion Group Subject:  “How Can We Get More People, Especially Young People, Involved In Politics?” – Meeting Program: The History and Ramifications of the McCleary (Public Educational Funding and Reform) Decision!March 12th – WSDW Board Mtg – 
  • March 26th – WSDW Membership Meeting – Discussion Group Subject: “Impact of District vs. City-wide Government”  Meeting Program:  “Running for Office — A Woman’s Perspective!”
  • April 9th – WSDW Board Mtg –
  • April 23rd – WSDW Membership EVENING Meeting – No Discussion Group – A particularly FUN Meeting Program:  “Political Parody with the stylings of the “Kook Brothers” will lead and end an evening of political skewering.”  Everyone is encouraged to participate!      See Meetings for more detail
  • November tbd, 2015 — 2015 Int’l Anti Human Trafficking Conference, UW Women’s Center Taskforce, U of Washington


Special CONGRATULATIONS to some of our WSDW members who were either elected or appointed to terms in other Democratic organizations……

KCDCC:  Ann Martin, State Committeewoman


Marcee Stone-Vekich, Chair,

Karen Chilcutt, Treasurer,

Lisa Plymate, State Committeewoman

Martha Koester, King County Committeewoman

Tamsen Spengler, LAC Chair



June 25th MEETING

Our speaker, Selden Prentice, has lived on the west coast since 1978.  Enviornmental issues have been her passion since she was a young girl when she and her best friend had an animal club set up in the basement where they studied African wildlife.  As an adult, Selden studied enviornmental law in law school and later worked for the EPA.  Currently Selden is a mediator, conflict coach, and trainer in conflict resolution, and the owner of Prentice Mediation.  In her spare time she is active with the climate change organization “” and a related organization “Plant for The Planet”.

See the subset of this page for her Powerpoint presentation.



The regular meeting of the West Seattle Democratic Women was held on May 28 for luncheon at the West Seattle Golf Course. We heard from the Seattle Honest Elections campaign (I-122)….. (You can see more information at, (Also see, statewide campaign to Get Big Money Out Of Elections (I-735) and the statewide campaign to institute a Carbon Tax and other measures to pay for carbon pollution (I-732).

We also introduced our letter writing campaign where at each meeting letters on hot topics of the “day” such as the Trans Pacific Partnership, the trade deal currently in active debate within and without the Democratic Party can be addressed.  Talking points and paper will be provided; you bring your ideas and your willingness to write letters to congress persons, legislators, the president and others depending on the topic.


WSDW was proud to present the the “Kook Brothers”
Just like the Koch brothers only not quite so rich, but a lot funnier!
A night of political parody including dinner and a show

Paul Carr Friend

Rachel, our Hostess, highlighted Georgie as she performed
once again for an adoring audience.

A special cake for the evening. Deelicious it was as well!!

Some of the Words to the Ditties of the Evenings…..

(Sung to I’m a Little Tea Pot)
I’m a little Tea Partier
Flexing my clout
Here is my fist
And here is my spout
When I get to Congress
What’ll I shout?
Name some issues
And you’ll find out…
Reproductive rights – NO
Immigration Reform – NO
Gay Marriage – NO
Gun Control – NO
Climate Change – SAY, WHAT?
Obamacare – No, no, 57 times NO

(Sung to I’ve Been Working on the Railroad)
I’ve been working slinging hash browns
All the live-long days
I’ve been working flipping burgers
Just to earn myself some pay
Can’t you hear the patron calling
Two double burgers, please
Can’t you hear the patron calling
Make one of those with cheese
Working minimum wage
Working minimum wage
Two jobs just aren’t enough
Working minimum wage
Working minimum wage
Paying my bills is tough
Someone’s got to help me, who will
Someone’s got to help me, how
Someone’s got to help me, who will
Fifteen bucks an hour now!
Fi fie fiddly-i-a
Fi fie fiddly-i-a-i-a
Fi fie fiddly-i-a
Working for some decent pay

(Sung to “Mame”)
The Kochs wanna buy the US of A (what?) LAA-AME
Scott Walker’s taking unions away (I know) LAA-AME
Tom Cotton told Iran Obama’s plans with them will ultimately fail.
Bush/Cheney lied us into war
I’m still surprised that they are not in JAIL.

Richard Murdock said that rape is God’s gift (for real?) LAA-AME.
Todd Akin’s knowledge of rape is adrift (yes!) LAA-AME.
Every teacher needs a gun at school to keep our kids more sasfe or so the NRA proclaims.

Their logic’s unachievable.
Their ideas are inconceivable.
These guys ae unbelievable – LAME!

(Sung to “My Favorite Things”)
Sickness on noses and motherless kittens,
No education and kids without mittens
Birds in an oil spill with goo on their wings.
These are Republicans’ favorite things.
–vamp oom pah pah x 4—
Citizens United and TPP Fast Track,
Broken down justice if you’re brown or you’re black,
Blizzard-like winters that happen in spring,
A GOP favorite “non-climate change” thing
–vamp oom pah pah x 2—
Gays in white dresses who can’t wed their lovers,
No equal rights yet for girls and their mothers,
More GMOs free of all labeling,
These are Republican favorite things.

When the rich write laws that favor only them that’s bad.
We simply must fight for our favorite things.
Our country will be so glad.


WSDW was proud to present the four women running for the West Seattle/South Park District, Position 1, on the Seattle City Council. In alphabetical order, the panel includes Shannon Braddock, Amanda Kay Helmick, Lisa Herbold and Brianna Thomas. They were asked about their decision to run, what, if any, are special challenges facing women who run for office, and other probings not tracked in other venues. Per usual, we will be meeting at the West Seattle Golf Course clubhouse.

The pre-meeting discussion group that met prior to the meeting warmed up with a discussion of the impact on our community of our first city council district-based elections.


WSDW was proud to present the four women running for the West Seattle/South Park District, Position 1, on the Seattle City Council. In alphabetical order, the panel includes Shannon Braddock, Amanda Kay Helmick, Lisa Herbold and Brianna Thomas. They were asked about their decision to run, what, if any, are special challenges facing women who run for office, and other probings not tracked in other venues. Per usual, we will be meeting at the West Seattle Golf Course clubhouse.

The pre-meeting discussion group that met prior to the meeting warmed up with a discussion of the impact on our community of our first city council district-based elections.


The WSDW 2015 budget was approved.

City Council Position #1 Candidate Tom Koch joined WSDW for lunch and spoke briefly of his candidacy and his position that the City hadn’t done enough to make the developers pay for the cost of their projects (via impact fees) rather than have the costs fall to the taxpayers to pay.

Heidi Bennett, WA State 6th District PTA Region Legislative Chair and education activist gave a most interesting and informative presentation on the  who, what and why of the McCleary decision, the basic Education Bills and what’s up with education and funding in Washington State.  It included “School Funding 101” for a quick recap of where the money comes from and where it goes so we can better differentiate myths from reality and advocate for improving education in this state.

It was shocking to learn how poorly Washington does when compared to the other 50 states.

For more information, see Heidi’s most informative PowerPoint

and also State Rep. Reuven Carlyle (36th LD Dem-Seattle)’s YouTube discussion on WA State’s regressive tax system




Happy New Year!

The first meeting of the West Seattle Democratic Women this year will be an evening event that highlights and celebrates our two-year effort to bring Human Trafficking Awareness to West Seattle. Over those two years, we have helped sponsor a conference on the subject at the University of Washington, held a community kick-off event that brought to West Seattle local experts on labor and sex worker trafficking and human trafficking laws, organized programs for local organizations and churches, and took our message to the streets of West Seattle through “Burma Shave” sign waving!

Hearing about our efforts, we have been contacted by a group on the eastside of Lake Washington who want to do something similar. We are excited that our efforts may help generate similar efforts elsewhere. And, we want to keep our fingers on the pulse of the work to end human trafficking (slavery) by supporting an international conference on this topic in the fall.

But for now we are winding down our current efforts. We want to celebrate those efforts and thank those who have contributed so much time to them. Please join us as we meet at 6 pm on January 22 at the West Seattle Golf Course Clubhouse. We will have a short program on the problem and a movie that brings this problem to life. Then we will recognize the people who have been instrumental in making this campaign a success.

Dinner is $15 for members and $20 for non-members; this might be a good time to join if you have not paid your dues for this year. (Cash or checks only as we do not have a way to take credit. There is an ATM at the golf course if you need cash.) As always, the room charge is $5 if you do not want dinner, but share in dessert and coffee or tea. There is a no-host bar available if you would like to enjoy other drinks.

Please RSVP to me by phone or email by noon on Monday, January 19. (A reply to this email is probably the easiest way to reserve your meal.) Please let me know if you have any questions, and as always, feel free to invite others to attend if you wish!

Ann Martin, Chair

West Seattle Democratic Women


Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the WSDW meeting is on the third Thursday of the week this month. The November 20th luncheon at the West Seattle Golf Course will include election of officers for next year. The Program will be a discussion of the recent elections – the good, the bad and the ugly and we’ll identify the issues we want to promote over the upcoming two year as we go towards the 2016 election.

The Discussion Group (10-30-11:15am) will discuss this in detail and will contribute their thoughts to the larger group of ideas during the meeting.

UNIQUE TO THIS MEETING: Bring to the meeting small items so we can again compile the toiletries into holiday bags and distribute them to clients at the White Center Food Bank. If you’ve any unused soaps, shampoos, conditioners, etc. (travel sized) and can’t bring them to the meeting, feel free to drop them by Ann’s house at 3618 SW Orchard Street. The bags will be assembled during our December holiday party.



Have you ever wondered how transportation decisions are made in this region, in Seattle, or next door? WSDW assembled the following panel of transportation experts to give the membership some background on transportation decisions and issues in our area. They were:

  • Rachel Smith – Rachel is a Government and Community Relations Specialist for Sound Transit. She is also the Chair of the King County Conservation Voters and Vice-Chair of the Transportation Choices Coalition. Previously she was the coordinator for the City of Seattle’s Climate Action Now program in Mayor Greg Nickels’ office, working extensively on environmental and transportation issues.
  • Councilmember Tom Rasmussen – Tom was elected to the City Council in 2003 and chairs the Transportation Committee. Tom was a Yakima County Deputy Prosecutor and began public service in Seattle as aide to City Councilmember Jeanette Williams. He has devoted most of his life to working on issues ranging from transportation and parks, to affordable housing and human rights.
  • Amanda Kay Helmick – Amanda is a founding member of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, a group focused on transportation in our community. She found becoming Chair of the Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Community Council reignited her interest in community activism and that neighbors working together have a stronger voice and make a real difference in our community.Our Vice Chair Rachel, in lieu of Chair Ann’s absence, did an excellent job of leading the discussion. Each of the experts spoke about the role they and their organization played in the transportation decisions for West Seattle and our City. Then followed an Q & A where everything from the required size of signs, traffic flows, deadlines for current projects, possible future projects, the changes to be made for 35th.It certainly was an informative, lively discussion of the issues that affect us the minute we walk out our door or drive onto our neighborhood streets. The dinner, one of the best, WSDW has had at the Golf Course was chicken (very nice sized leg and thigh), green salad, brown rice, a vegtable medley, melons, and cupcakes for dessert. Very nice!


How are the KC Bar Associations judge ratings compiled?

Our                    Guest speaker and candidate for relection, Municipal Court Judge Position No. 2 Kimi Kondo, gave us a real understanding of how the Municipal Court works and her function as the Preciding Judge overseeing a $27.8 million budget, and her particular interest and work in the Mental Health Therapeutic Court for the last year and a half. She also talked briefly of the limitations of the King County Bar Association’s ratings.   If you want more information Go to the King County Bar Associations 2014 report for more information on how the ratings are compiled. See

See the Seattle Times Op-ed: Fix the King County Bar Association’s Candidate Ratings article

(Revised April 19, 2015)


Come one; come all! Can there be anything better than laughing, especially when you want to cry?

The West Seattle Democratic Women are inviting our members and friends to join in the fun the evening of April 23rd. It’s a night of political parody, featuring the stylings of the “Kook Brothers!” You are invited to join in with our open mike-style cabaret with your very own songs, poems, revues – your imagination is the only limit to your parodies with a political twist.

Skewer a senator, roast a republican, plaudit a pundit, deride a disappointing Democrat, praise a progressive, lambaste a legislator or jest a judge (SCOTUS anyone?).  Think The Capitol Steppes or Mark Russell or Prairie Home Companion. And we can guarantee you a very passionate, supportive and
friendly audience (we’ll love you)!
We realize that some of you may not wish to perform at all, but just want to
watch OR maybe you want to sing but have no idea what to write about OR
perhaps you are wicked clever with your writing skills but don’t want to sing!
Well, fear not, we can accommodate all of you, and most important, we want you to come and join in the fun, because being an audience member is
a very important job, too–we need you to laugh and cheer and make some
noise!  We are seeking your ideas and input, so if you would either like to sing or write  a song or poem or prose, please contact Vice-Chair Rachel Glass at letting her know what you want to do, so that we can start a list of who is doing what.

We are giving you plenty of advanced notice so you can start penning your parody now. We will check with our keyboardist to see if they can provide some backup for you.  Also, writers should send your songs digitally to Rachel as well, making sure you have your parody song title at the top of the page and the song it is to the tune of, and then your lyrics.

Can’t sing a lick – that’s okay too. Recite your poem or prose and bring on the sarcasm.
Vital details regarding date, time of the meeting:
  • Thursday, April 23, at 6:00 pm
  • West Seattle Golf Course Club House
  • Dinner and show – $30, no-host bar available
  • RSVP to Ann Martin for dinner and show by April 19
  • Be a part of the show, let Rachel know by April 15
Thanks everyone and we look forward to a hilarious fun time in April!  Don’t miss it!  Bring your friends and family!  You’ll be glad you came!
All the best,

Ann Martin, Chair

West Seattle Democratic Women


…Began Tuesday, January 27th, , 6 pm, private room at Pizzeria 22! First Tuesday every month! College Street and California Ave SW in Admiral.   You’re welcomed to join them!




Women have fought hard for rights that were denied for various reasons including “their lack of intellectual capacity, subservience to will of a husband, general disregard for women as equal partners in home, business and political processes”. That has changed to some degree, especially with the need for many families to have two adults working for wages that help them survive economically, but we’re not there yet!

The majority of women still earn only three-quarters the pay of their male counterparts for the same job and women often struggle to overcome assumptions about their abilities, or inabilities, to handle jobs traditionally held by men.

There are a few laughs about the silliness of these assumptions – Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels. Little girls who are called “bossy,” should instead be told they have “management potential.” A recent advertising campaign showed the effect of messaging to girls who are taught to believe that “throwing like a girl” means you can’t throw. 

To highlight the historical nature of women in political life, we’ve invited the women who are running for Position 1 on the Seattle City Council (District 1 – West Seattle and South Park) to tell us what “Running for Office Like a Girl” looks like. We hope you will join us for our monthly meeting on March 26th for an entertaining and informative session with the women who want to represent us on the City Council.

Go to and other sources of information to find out more about the historical contributions of the women in your life and beyond!

Happy Women’s History Month!

Ann Martin, Chair

WSDW Women’s V-Neck T-Shirts FOR SALE

Email for additional information or to make an order.

Two sizes “Women’s” $22.99 & “Women’s Plus” $25.99 (Plus Shipping)

(Price fluctuates – Above as of October 23, 2014)

  • 5.5 oz. 100% luxuriously soft combed ring spun cotton
  • Feminine V-Neck collar
  • Side seamed contoured shape
  • Standard fit
  • Machine Wash Cold

Measuring Instructions:

Chest/bust Raise your arms slightly and measure around your body. Be sure to measure the fullest part of your chest/bust, keeping the tape parallel to the ground.

Waist Measure around your waist where your pants usually fall. Keep one finger between the tape and your body to ensure an accurate fit.
Fit Guide – “Women’s”

Size Chest (inches)
Small 34-36″
Medium 38-40″
Large 42-44″
X-large 46-48″
2X-large 50-52″
3X-large 54-56″
4X-large 58-60″

Fit Guide – “Women’s Plus”

Size Bust Waist Hips Dress Size
1 (16/18) 45-47″ 42-44″ 49 16/18
2 (20/22) 49-51″” 46-48″ 52 20/22
3 (24/26) 53-55″ 51-53″ 57″ 24/26
4 (28/30) 56-58″ 55-57″ 62″ 28/30
5 (32/34) 61-63″ 59-60″ 64″ 32/34




Happy New Year!

Have you included in your resolutions working to change our community and the world a better place? If not, was it because it was too big a challenge? It wouldn’t be if you joined with like-minded people, particularly a group of people engaged in its community on meaningful issues, such us.

We, the West Seattle Democratic Women, are wrapping up a two year Anti-Human Trafficking “Awareness” campaign. This campaign helped West Seattle residents understand that trafficking exists in our own neighborhoods; learn how to recognize people who have been trafficked and what to do if a trafficking situation was suspected. Join us at our January Membership Meeting later this week as we celebrate the success of our work and recognize those who made this campaign a particular success. Also learn a bit about WSDW’s continued work of a more political nature on this subject through its future emphasis as a member of the U of Washington Women’s Center Anti Human Trafficking Taskforce. Hope to see you there! (See specifics on the “Meetings” page!)

Another of our interest and potential focus are the

  • Beginning of the legislative sessions in Olympia and Washington DC. We are seeing the effects of a lack-luster election in which Democrats failed to vote and Republicans took control of the state senate and the national congress. Congress is trying to dismantle Social Security, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, give even more tax breaks for Wall Street at the expense of the middle class and the poor…and the list goes on.
  • Daunting hurtles facing the progressive agenda set in Washington State by our Governor Inslee – fully funding education under the McCleary decision, increasing support for preschool education, reducing the number of students per teacher particularly in younger grades, increased investments in infrastructure, paid for, in part, by creating a capital gains tax, and a carbon tax that would reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and.
  • How do we inspire young people to put down their smart phones and iPods and become engaged in political discussion and debate as well as becoming more efficient in reaching them through the social media they use so well.

These are some of the issues we will take up in the next year. We would love to have lively discussion and debate and would love to have you join us!

Please watch this page for opportunities to join our efforts and or let us know what you want to bring before the community and we could join you!

Lots of progressive work to go around. Let’s work together!

Ann Martin, Chair

“Off year” elections we would just as soon forget are over. The 2016 elections cannot be far behind. What banners (issues) do you think the Democrats need to tackle to win back the hearts and minds of the voters? How can the Democrats inspire their constituents to vote?

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work. We cannot forget, but must learn from, this election. Here is the issue Robert Reich thinks Democrats must address:

“If you want a single reason for why Democrats lost big Tuesday it’s this: Median family income continues to drop, the first “recovery” when this has occurred. Meanwhile, all the economic gains are going to the richest Americans. If the Republicans think they can reverse this through their supply-side, trickle-down, fiscal austerity policies, they’re profoundly mistaken. The public will soon discover this.

“But if the Democrats believe they can reverse it simply by raising taxes on the rich and redistributing to everyone else, they are mistaken, too.

“We need to raise the minimum wage, invest in education and infrastructure, lift the cap on income subject to Social Security payroll taxes, resurrect Glass-Steagall and limit the size of the banks, make it easier for low-wage workers to unionize, raise taxes on corporations with high ratios of CEO pay to average worker pay, and much more.

“In other words, we need an agenda for shared prosperity. Over the next two years the Democrats have an opportunity to advance one. If they fail to do so, we’ll need a new opposition party that represents the interests of the vast majority.”

As Democrats, we need not so much to compromise, but to be clear about why we believe as we do and what we plan to do about it. What are your core values and how will you hold your elected representatives and candidates feet to the fire to respond to those values. We are Democrats; let’s start acting like Democrats!

Join the West Seattle Democratic Women as we work to inspire local, regional and national action!

Chair Ann Martin


It’s Labor Day, can fall elections be far behind? It is hard to get excited about off year elections, but they are important and your vote is important too! It is important to search out information on the candidates and issues you will be asked to support (or oppose) during the next couple of months.

How do we decrease the influence of big money on our politics? Well, we could amend the US Constitution to limit the role of money in politics and government. Short of that, the most influential action you can take is be an informed voter and vote!

Going a step further (and I mean that literally), get out for your candidate or issue and doorbell. There is nothing – not money, TV advertising, print media – as effective as you talking neighbor to neighbor about what you believe is best for your community. Or, volunteer in other ways – phone banking, mailings, etc. All are important!

One way to inform yourself and become active in the local political dialog is to participate in the West Seattle Democratic Women. We have informative speakers on topics that need to be covered in depth, not in sound bites. And we talk among ourselves, sharing perspectives that come from years of diverse experiences. Your experiences are unique and we would love to hear how they shape your view of our community and the world.

Don’t worry about not wearing white after Labor Day. We are not out to change your style, but to change the world for the better!

Ann Martin, Chair

West Seattle Democratic Women

Welcome to Seattle’s summer.  Picnics, parades and politics! July and August are full of all three and, while we like to think of these as the “lazy, hazy” days of summer, the days are long and full of activities and action.

Please join us at our annual potluck, picnic lunch on August 28 at Lincoln Park. We will supply hot dogs and drinks; you bring something to share with others. Politicians will be there, but no speeches. Just enjoy the company of others who care passionately about our community – both near and far!

And be watching, or better yet join, us as we “parade” our message about human trafficking awareness on some of the major arterials in West Seattle. Those of us of an age remember the Burma Shave signs that dotted the highways across the country. The West Seattle Democratic Women will be doing something similar, albeit for a shorter time, along roads in our community, extolling people to be aware of human trafficking and giving them what they need to report trafficking if they suspect it. This is part of our year-long effort in West Seattle to increase the awareness of this problem.

And, politics… August 5 is our primary date, although ballots will be hitting the mailboxes well before that date. The West Seattle Democratic Women have endorsed the incumbent legislators – Sharron Nelson, state senator, Eileen Cody, state representative, and Joe Fitzgibbon, state representative. We hope you will join us in voting for this great legislative team. The summer primary has especially low “turn out” so please remember to vote. It’s important!

And, oh yes, have a wonderful summer!


Summer is upon us and we’ve lots of activities planned. One activity, looking to be not only productive but fun, is to hit the streets of West Seattle with “Burma Shave” type placards showing how to identify and if recognized, what to do if you or if you suspect someone has been trafficked. Look for Us!! Please also look to our Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Chair Elizabeth’s updates for more on this and other related AHTA community outreach activities.

WSDW will also be looking at candidates worthy of endorsement; ones whose values align with those of our organization, and who ask for our endorsement. At our upcoming meeting, June 26th, in anticipation of the August 5th primary, endorsements will be considered.

Also, do join us for our picnic on August 28 at the beach in Lincoln Park. It’s a potluck but please let us know if you plan to attend so we have a sufficient supply (compliments of WSDW) of hotdogs, buns, condiments and beverages. We have a shelter reserved so come…Rain or Shine; everyone is welcome!

A special “Welcome” to our new members as they bring new talents, views and energy to our group.

Please join us supporting civil and civic action in our community!

Ann Martin, Chair

West Seattle Democratic Women


Other Reports:

Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Committee Chair Elizabeth Heath’s Report of May 30th.

After researching the subject of Human Trafficking for most of the year 2013, the Human Trafficking Awareness Committee learned three important things that defined its campaign.

  1. Human Trafficking is a complex, multi-faceted issue and not something our committee members could become proficient about, given our busy lives. Fortunately, there are resources available, such as films produced by other organizations, and local experts to make presentations, such as Robert Beiser, Director of Seattle Against Slavery, and Bryan Taylor, Detective with the King County Sheriff’s Office.
  2. Human Trafficking is a global problem and a local problem. It does not just take place half-way around the world in Thailand, for example; it can and has happened right here in West Seattle.
  3. When we learn about many issues, we can end up feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, and helpless. That’s not the case with Human Trafficking. There is much that we community members can do about it.
      • We can report suspicious activity to the national hotline (888-3737-888),
      • We can better inform ourselves about the issue and volunteer with local organizations that are addressing the problem, and
      • We can contribute financially to help organizations which help spread awareness, provide victim services, and support legislation to fill in the current loopholes.

We can be proud that Washington State has the best legislation on Human Trafficking as well as the best enforcement of the laws and yet there is more to be done.